Elenita (elenita83) wrote in menstrual_cups,

A Lunette for Heavy Days?

I'm on day two of my first cycle with my Mooncup UK, and it's been a relatively easy situation so far. Insertion is quick, it unfolds and seals properly, and I find removal a lot easier than I did during my dry run (no more irritation). It did take me a while to get my cup out and back in today while at work today, but I think that had more to do with being tense in a public restroom than anything else. The only thing I'm really having issues with is knowing when it's full (my pantiliners have been stained every time so far), but I'm sure that's more a matter of experience.

About the fullness, though: any thoughts on getting a Lunette (i.e., a bigger capacity cup)? For several months, I had a much heavier flow--thank god for nasty-tasting Chinese herbal medicine--so I guess I just started thinking of my current flow as normal and average. But I started leaking after ~6 hours today (admittedly my heaviest day) and ~8 hours yesterday, and I really was hoping to go longer between emptying-and-reinsertion. And while this'll be less of a big deal if / when I get used to it, I'll admit that I really hated having to mess with my cup in the middle of the day in a public place. Lots of people here seem to be able to get through the day without worrying about their flow, and I'd really prefer that. To be perfectly honest, I'm a little (and completely irrationally) pissed off that I haven't gotten that with the Mooncup.

Does getting a Lunette seem like a decent investment under these circumstances? (Or conversely, is the need to empty-and-reinsert three or four times a day more common than I apparently think it is?) And is the capacity of the Lunette really that much more than my Mooncup UK (Model B), or does it look like I'm looking for a cup with such limitless capacity that I'll be disappointed with no matter what cup I get? I'd also love to hear from those--I think there are a few, from reading the memories--who use a Lunette specifically on their heavy days while using a different cup on their lighter ones. I don't really have any complaints about the Mooncup besides the (again, somewhat irrational) issue above, so I think that might be me, if your comments / experiences don't discourage me from becoming a dual-cup user in the future.

And two last tangentially related questions:

  • Any tips on removing the cup without releasing any of the contents into the toilet first? I've been interested on measuring how much blood I actually lose, and some has always come out of the cup before I can hold it up so far.

  • And could one reason I'm overflowing some quickly have more to do with weak pelvic muscles than with a heavy flow? Would kegels or Smartballs or something help?

As always, thanks in advance. This would be a much more complicated and nerve-wracking experience were it not for all your help.
Tags: brand comparisons, heavy blood flow, lunette, mooncup (uk), sizes/size issues
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